Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!
The weather has taken a turn here in Michigan, so we are enjoying all things “fall”… from fun fall decor to apple pie. Although we have lived in this house for a little over two years now, we just used our original wood burning fireplace a few days ago for the first time… I can’t believe we waited this long to fire it up! It has been amazing snuggling up in front of the fire with Ryan, the kids, and our two fur babies. Julia and her dog Henry even feel asleep in front of the fire the other night.
I couldn’t ask for a more amazing start to September! A girl and her dog certainly make for so many amazing memories.
After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost
My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.
This week Jack decided he wanted to make apple pie with the apples he picked from our friend’s yard! (Thank you Miss Tracy for sharing the apple wealth.) To make your own apple pie you will need:
Dough and Filling:
- Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dash salt
- 3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples
- 1 (16 oz) jar applesauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Dash salt
- 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
You can find the instructions for Paula Deen’s Crunch Top Apple Pie here. This is the most amazing apple pie ever!
Word of caution: if you use homemade applesauce you may need to use a little less than the recipe uses… It won’t ruin the pie to use the amount called for, but it is a bit runnier when we use my grandma’s homemade applesauce.
This morning we broke out some of our fall decor. It is always fun changing things up a little in the house. We also rearranged our sitting room so we could all be around the fire, which meant our fern (that by some miracle I have not completely killed in over a year) had to find a new home in our dining room.
Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition! I really hope you try out this recipe. I promise you will NEVER want to go back to another apple pie recipe again after devouring this one!
Did you miss our other Tea Time Tuesday posts? Not to worry–You can find them all on my Tea Time page!